It has been exactly 10 years since I graduated from ITT Technical Institute. I received my BS degree in Information Security – basically anti-hacker training (or hacker training depending on whether you are white-hat or black-hat). Here are some photos from my graduation ceremony and celebration dinner later that night.
Since it is now 10 years after my college graduation, here are some photos from my ceremony and celebration dinner
Going through a few old photos I came across these from a while back when my brother, my father, and I all went to play golf. I believe it was on a holiday, perhaps Thanksgiving. It is a very happy memory as it is one of the few times that we all got to hang out as a family on a holiday and do something fun that we still have pictures from. And as my dad has since passed these are very treasured photos and I would like to post them here for posterity.
Joe Connell, with his sons Justin and Jared Connell, playing golf
I have just launched another site, a reviews and news site for men that I call Dude Reviews and News. For all the reviews and news that’s fit for dudes, then check out the site. It will have all the latest news and awesome reviews of lots of cool dude related products to let you know if they are dude worthy or not. So come and check out my new site, Dude Reviews and News, I would like to think that The Big Lebowski would be proud.
This is about my site Mr Robot Theories. It is a commentary about the hit show Mr. Robot on USA. Now I am not a huge fan of TV programs and rarely watch each episode as it comes out and focus on the story-lines so closely as I do with this show, but Mr. Robot is a show that resonates with me in many ways. I think that this show has a little bit of it that a lot of people can relate to but for myself in particular there are many things that parallel my life and the main character’s.
Now I don’t have a split personality problem with my deceased father being my other half and I haven’t performed a hack that practically erupted the world’s economy, but other than that I feel that just about every other thing about Elliot’s life is on par with my own. Now I said just ‘about’ every thing meaning almost everything but not quite, so don’t try and read between the lines. LOL.
Elliot is someone who is bored with his day to day existence and wishes he could change the world. He hates how corporations basically own us and wants to do something about it. So he organizes a group of fellow hackers to perpetrate a hack that will knock out one of the largest corporations in the world and as a side effect will basically change everybody’s credit history to a blank slate. But once this happens the world is a totally different place than he thought it would be. Elliot must cope with the fallout of his little plan as well as deal with everything else going on in his life.
Now I feel very attached to Elliot, the main antagonist, as well as how he sees the world. I have experienced a lot of what he goes through and I feel a lot of the ways he does. But I also think that this is a good show all around and that everyone should watch it. Even if you aren’t a hacker who wishes he could change the state of the world we live in, the show is filled with interesting characters and involves many plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep coming back for more. There are tons of things that aren’t said outright and the viewer must come to the conclusion on his own in many instances. Sure some times they will eventually spell it out to those who haven’t paid close enough attention but that is why I love to watch the show again and again, to catch those small little clues that build up to tell us what is really going on. It is those little clues that drove me to create this site.
Every week I was so shocked and in a state of surprise at what the show has revealed to me as well as what it left unsaid. So many questions arise every single episode that it is almost unbearable to wait 7 days to see the conclusion. And then when you watch it, more questions just keep coming in, flowing into your head like a river of Elliot’s thoughts and words. I created the site Mr. Robot Theories to quench my thirst for answers and hopefully people will offer their theories and thoughts about the show as well. I will write whatever I think may be going on but keep in mind that it may not be all cohesive and that it may not be exclusive either. I may have a few different theories about what happened or maybe one theory doesn’t exactly jive with another. That is what this site is about though, open interaction and expression of our thoughts. I want people to tell me what they think, if they think I’m nuts or they agree, or if they are somewhere in the middle of the whole thing. But whatever you think, please visit the site and let me know. Because we can only rewatch the show so many times and what else are we going to do between episodes and seasons?
So if you are a fan of the show Mr. Robot or just want to know what I’m rambling on about, please visit my site all about Mr. Robot, entitled Mr. Robot Theories.
Since I was born and raised in the City of Sin, it has come to fascinate me. As such I have recently created a new blog site that will allow myself as well as others to keep up on the latest news and information about the city. I feel like I am a great person to provide this news as I am in the city everyday as I live and thrive in it. I can tell the locals as well as the visitors the latest news as it happens and will continue to do so as my continued interest in the city grows and as I take on and complete more and more projects related to Las Vegas, the city that raised me.
Although I don’t tweet as often as I post to other social networking sites, I still use Twitter sometimes. My twitter name is @connell_jared so please go ahead and add me. I don’t really know that many people who use Twitter so I mainly use it to follow people and brands that I like and am a fan of. I have some followers but who knows if they belong to people who really read the tweets of people they follow or the majority of them are just bots and my tweets are going into the oblivion of the internet, LOL. But anyways if you’d like to follow me on twitter or just check out some of the boring tweets I post, my name is @connell_jared. Yes, I know it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but everything else was taken.
If you want to find me on Facebook, my name is jaredjconnell. Just click that link and be taken to my profile. I keep my posts private and I don’t accept all friend requests. Well if your a hot chick I’ll probably accept it. Hell, who am I kidding, of course I will. LOL Don’t just make a fake account with a hot girl for the profile picture to trick me into adding you. I used to spam for webcam sites for a living, hahaha!
I made this post because sometimes it can be hard finding people on social media. If you don’t know a person’s email address you may try to search for them. But what if you don’t know exactly how they spell their name? For instance the name Jared can be spelled a few different ways, such as: Jarred, Jarod, Jarrod, Jarad, Jerad, and so on. And with my last name, people never know how many N’s and L’s are in Connell. I’ve even had people think that my name is Jared O’Connell, LOL! Or even if you do spell it correct there may be a bunch of other people with the same name that show up in the search results. Luckily my name is fairly uncommon but there are still a few Jared Connells on Facebook. Sure if you went through all them you will probably see that I live in Las Vegas and you can see a thumbnail of my picture, but I usually obfuscate my face so it is harder to recognize me. I do this because I don’t want bots scouring the web, stealing all the pictures of me and building a facial recognition profile for me. Not that I do anything wrong but I just think it’s an invasion of privacy. You never know where your face might show up. It reminds me of a TV show I saw once where a character on the show had their picture show up on a poster for a drug that treats a very embarrassing STD and everybody immediately thought he had that STD. Anyways my facebook account is jaredjconnell if you want to add me just click here to go to my profile.